BANGKOK(NNT)- The government has confirmed a ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos starting June 1, 2020.
Farmers who possess them are advised to return them within 90 days or no later than August 29, 2020.
Ms Traisulee Traisoranakun, Government Deputy Spokesperson, said today that from June 1st, 2020, onwards, the Notification of the Ministry of Industry on the List of Hazardous Substances No. 6, B.E. 2563, comes into effect.
It prohibits the production, import, export and possession of five toxic farm chemicals, namely paraquat, chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, paraquat dichloride and paraquat dichloride bis methyl sulfate.
“Those who have stocks of these chemicals must return them to the sellers within 90 days, or before August 29,” she said. “Sellers must accept the chemicals and submit them, as well as possession information to the Department of Agriculture within 120 days of the ban coming into effect, or before September 28th, 2020.
“The government approved the ban on toxic chemicals because it is concerned about the health and safety of users and…